During January and February 2017, a similar training course was given to 23 individuals from Lebanon and Syria, from law and archaeological backgrounds. The participants were introduced to the issues, the market, international conventions and national laws, how to properly document and artifact and the role of public awareness. The Lecturers shared their expertise in different fields. Each lecture was followed by a 30 minute session for discussions, encouraging all members to participate. Group works were also assigned daily to encourage teamwork respect for the individual capacity of each participant. The overall objective was to help both nations by encouraging individuals to help their communities and local authorities protect their heritage.
The final ceremony was attended by the Norwegian ambassador, the General Director of Antiquities of Lebanon, and the president of the International Committee of the Blue Shield.